Queen is back.
Legendary British rock band Queen is back atop the music charts with help from new singer Adam Lambert.
The band’s new album, “Live Around the World,” is the No. 1 selling album in the United Kingdom. Lambert is Queen’s new vocalist, taking over for the late Freddie Mercury.
“‘Live Around the World,’ culled from every tour they’ve done, over the last six years, shows the ‘American Idol’ runner-up breathing new life into some of the greatest rock songs ever written, and putting them across just as boldly and fabulously as Mercury did,” wrote the AP’s Wayne Parry.
Guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor make up the current members of Queen.
Mercury died of AIDS in 1991 and in his honor the band set up the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an HIV/AIDS charity that, to date, has provided £17 million to more than 1,000 projects in 57 countries.
Lambert joined Queen in 2012. On its website, the band notes it has “enjoyed a fruitful collaboration” with Lambert.
“Live Around the World” is Queen’s 10th top-selling album and first chart-topper since 1995. This is Lambert’s first No. 1 selling album in the UK.
On Wednesday, Lambert is scheduled to participate in a live question and answer program on the Amazon music platform beginning at 1 p.m. ET.